ECONONOMYNEXT – Politician Arumugam Thondaman has passed away at the age of 55, one of his party colleagues confirmed.
He was the leader of the Ceylon Workers Congress the oldest of the unions in the estate sector.
P Rameshwaran, a former Provincial Councillor was quoted in media as saying that the Ceylon Workers Congress leader died in the Thalangama hospital this evening May 26.
He is reported to have suffered a fall in his home in the same area and then rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
Thondaman, an ally of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had returned from meeting India’s new High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Gopal Bagley shortly before.
He was to contest the upcoming Parliamentary General elections as an ally of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna from the Nuwera Eliya District.
He has held several Ministerial portfolios including that of Livestock Development.
He was the grandson of the great Savumiamoorthy Thondaman, the man who unionized the Estate workers of Sri Lanka and played kingmaker in many a government. Colombo, May 26, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana